Prairie Dragon Paddlers' singing-contest fundraiser set April 5

Prairie Dragon Paddlers' singing-contest fundraiser set April 5

CHAMPAIGN — The Prairie Dragon Paddlers, Illinois' first Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team, will hold Sing for the Health of It from 7 to 10 p.m. April 5 at the City Center, 503 S. Chestnut St., C.

Proceeds will benefit the Research Center at Illinois and the Prairie Dragon Paddlers in their support of community breast cancer survivors.

Ten area singing finalists will compete to win the grand-prize trip to Nashville, Tenn. These finalists will perform in a variety of genres, from pop to classical to folk to country — singing karaoke, a capella and with live accompaniment.

Several area guest singers will also perform to support the cause, including a "mayoral duet" by Champaign's Deb Feinen and Urbana's Diane Marlin.

Through tonight, 20 semifinalists are competing for the 10 spots; their audition performances are posted on the Prairie Dragon Paddler website, where they receive votes from the public ($1 a vote). The top vote-getters from online voting will perform at tonight's event.

The 20 semifinalists were chosen by judges from 43 singers who auditioned at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in February.

Tickets are $40; $60 for VIP balcony seating; or $300 for a reserved table for eight. Tickets can be purchased at the Prairie Dragon Paddlers website; from a Prairie Dragon Paddler; or at the door if the event is not sold out.

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